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Could Paid Sick Leave Be Coming Statewide to New Jersey

October 13, 2014 06:41
by Jason A. Storipan
Currently, identical paid sick leave bills are pending in the New Jersey Senate and Assembly Labor Committees.  Recently, the Assembly Labor Committee held a hearing on its bill A2354.  The bill covers all employers that have employees within New Jersey, but bases the amount of time required to be provided on the number of employees.  A “small employer,” which is defined as an employer with an average of less than 10 employees during the past calendar year (or the curr...

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Pending Legislation & Regulations Will Impact Your Workplace - What You Need To Know

September 16, 2014 08:17
With the ever evolving legislative landscape at the federal, state and local levels, now, more than ever, it is critical for employers to state update-to-date on recent legislative developments. At the upcoming breakfast briefing, Fisher & Phillips attorneys, Rick Grimaldi and Gregory Hanscom, will provide a practical overview of recently enacted and pending legislation impacting the interests of employers in the Delaware Valley. In recent months, there has been significant legislative act...

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Employees in California Now Entitled To Paid Sick Leave

September 15, 2014 01:25
On September 10, 2014, California Governor signed into law the "Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014." This law will require California employers to grant employees, including some part-time and temporary employees, at least three paid sick days each year.Beginning July 1, 2015, employees who have worked 30 or more days in California within a year of their employment will accrue paid sick leave. In anticipation of these sweeping new changes, California employers should update their ...

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New Jersey Enacts "Bans the Box" Bill

August 14, 2014 05:09
New Jersey Rules About Learning the Criminal Histories of Jobs Applicants Are Changing New Jersey employers with 15 or more employees will be prohibited from inquiring into a job applicant’s criminal history in the initial employment application beginning on March 1, 2015.  New Jersey is the latest state to join a growing number of states that have enacted what is commonly referred to as “Ban the Box” bills. Read More About the Bill

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Shifting Gears - MSHA Proposes Changes to Penalty Criteria

July 30, 2014 07:48
by Matthew Korn
Yesterday, MSHA announced a Proposed Rule to revise the criteria and procedures for assessment of civil penalties under the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act ("Mine Act").  The Proposed Rule will significantly alter the evaluation of citations and will have an impact on all mine operators that receive citations.  MSHA released a brief Fact Sheet describing the proposed changes, which we have also summarized below.  Rather than using the current 208-point scale (Section 100.3(g)),...

Federal | MSHA | Mine Safety and Health

Illinois Embraces "Ban The Box"

July 29, 2014 07:44
Recently, Illinois joined a growing number of states prohibiting employers from asking about applicants’ criminal histories early in the hiring process. The Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act, also known as “ban the box,” goes into effect in Illinois on January 1, 2015. This law prevents companies with more than 15 employees from asking about job applicants’ criminal histories until after they have been deemed qualified for the position and either selected for...

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NJ Closer to Prohibiting Discrimination Against Unemployed Applicants

June 26, 2014 02:39
by Jason A. Storipan
In the past month, a bill that would ban discrimination against unemployed job applicants has been moving through the New Jersey Legislature.  Initially, two bills cleared the Assembly and Senate Labor Committees, but the Senate Bill has been substituted for the Assembly Bill.  The Assembly recently passed the bill, and the Senate has not yet taken a final vote on the Assembly passed bill. The bill amends a similar 2011 law and seeks to prohibit employers and their agents or designees...

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School May Be Out, but the US DOL Wage and Hour Division Remains Busy

June 20, 2014 00:40
by Jason A. Storipan
The US DOL Wage and Hour Division just before the Memorial Day holiday weekend, and the generally recognized official start to the summer season, released its spring regulatory agenda.  On its agenda are four areas that the Division intends to issue proposed rules for that could significantly impact employers’ operations.First, the Division is looking to revise the Fair Labor Standards Act’s rules regarding exemptions. Of particular interest will be how the proposed rule will im...

Employers Beware – Potential Change to the Scope of Vicarious Liability Under Federal Antidiscrimination Statutes

June 9, 2014 23:00
by Gregory D. Hanscom
Senator Bernard “Bernie” Sanders (I – VT) recently joined fourteen (14) other Senators as cosponsors of the Fair Employment Protection Act of 2014.  The intent of this legislation, which was introduced in the Senate on March 13, 2014, is to change the standard for holding employers vicariously liable for claims brought under federal antidiscrimination statues; an identical piece of legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives on March 13, 2014 as well.  ...

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A Continuing Legislative Trend – Seattle Approves Legislation Raising the Minimum Wage to $15.00 an Hour

June 5, 2014 23:20
by Gregory D. Hanscom
As previously discussed on this blog, in recent months many state and local governments have aggressively moved to raise the minimum wage.  The City of Seattle joined these ranks on Monday when its city counsel unanimously approved an ordinance raising the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour, the highest for any metropolis in the country.  The minimum wage increase in Seattle will be phased over differing lengths of time depending on the size and type of the employer.  For employers wi...

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